Smiling Ronaldo leaves court after accepting €19m fine

Cristiano Ronaldo has pleaded guilty to tax fraud and received a two-year suspended sentence and a £16.7m fine.

Ronaldo struck a deal with Spain’s state prosecutor and tax authorities last year over his punishment.

The agreement will cost him nearly €19 million in fines.

The charges date back to his time when he played for Spanish giants Real Madrid.

The Juventus forward arrived in court in a black van and was wearing a black sports coat and black spray on jeans.

He took time to stop and sign autographs for waiting fans both on his way in and out.

Ronaldo was accused of having used shell companies outside Spain to hide income he made from image rights.

In Spain, a judge can suspend sentences for two years or less for first-time offenders.

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